Google’s AR/VR Team Just Keeps Growing

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Google first started its venture into virtual reality with Google Cardboard back in 2014. A look at the company’s job listings so far this year reveals Google’s expanding commitment and investment in VR and AR.

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Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

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In addition, he announced an AR mode for an upcoming educational tool called Google Expeditions. Google Tango is a smartphone-based AR platform that has the ability to map the world around you in real-time using a number of on-board sensors and the phone’s camera.

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Google Patent Shows Smartphone Packaging that Doubles as a VR Headset

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A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘ Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset ’. Google introduced Cardboard, their inexpensive VR solution to the world in 2014, producing a VR viewer enclosure for smartphones made from Cardboard.

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Google Launches Android Chrome WebVR Support

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Google have launched WebVR support for the Android platform via the Chrome browser opening up this exciting platform to Android mobile VR users on Cardboard and Daydream users. SEE ALSO Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap.

Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads

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According to a recent entry on the Google Developers Blog , the company has begun experimenting with advertising formats suitable for placement inside of virtual reality experiences. The post Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Tests Interactive Learning with VR Espresso Machine, “People learned faster and better in VR”

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The team behind Daydream, Google’s mobile VR platform, is currently conducting experiments with the aim of broadening virtual reality’s usecase to include more interactive learning. image courtesy Google. SEE ALSO This Restaurant is Using Google Daydream to Train Employees.

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Google Announces ‘Blocks’, a VR App Like ‘Tilt Brush’ for Modeling 3D Objects

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Google wants to make it easier for VR/AR app developers to create 3D objects with its new app revealed today called Blocks, a program designed to let you build assets for the immersive mediums from within the VR headset itself. image courtesy Google. image courtesy Google.

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‘Google Earth VR’ Lets You Experience the Total Solar Eclipse Right Now

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Google Earth VR’ on Oculus Store. ‘Google Earth VR’ on Steam. The post ‘Google Earth VR’ Lets You Experience the Total Solar Eclipse Right Now appeared first on Road to VR.

Only Select Developers Can Publish Google Daydream Apps Until 2017

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Google Daydream is supposed to launch Fall 2016, but only a select group of developers will be able to publish Daydream apps to the Google Play store until 2017. See Also: Google Daydream SDK Launches Out of Beta, Adds Unity Integration.

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Google Daydream VR Headset Rumored to Unveil Today for $79

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Google is set to unveil a number of new devices and services at today’s big event, mainly focusing on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones (which have already been widely leaked ). The post Google Daydream VR Headset Rumored to Unveil Today for $79 appeared first on Road to VR.

Google Has Shipped Over 10 Million Cardboard Viewers

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The Google VR team shared some impressive figures at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week – more than 10 million Cardboard viewers have been shipped worldwide. Google’s low-cost smartphone enclosure for viewing VR content has been available since 2014.

Google Job Listings Point to New “Mass Production” AR/VR Hardware in the Pipeline

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Google launched the Daydream View headset late last year, the company’s first virtual reality hardware product. A slew of recent job postings however suggest significant new AR/VR hardware in the works from Google. Google News google google hiring google jobs google vr hiring

Google Daydream SDK Launches Out of Beta, Adds Unity Integration

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After announcing Daydream earlier this year, Google’s platform for high-end virtual reality on Android, the company has now says the Daydream VR SDK has reached version 1.0 ” See Also: Google’s (Day)dream: ‘Hundreds of Millions of Users in a Couple of Years’.

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Google Tango’s Engineering Director on AR Capabilities Enabled by Depth Sensors

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Augmented Reality has played a huge role at the developer conferences for Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google, which is a great sign that the industry is moving towards spatially-aware computing. A video of one of the Tango Demos at Google I/O.

Google Expects “Tens of Millions” of Daydream-Ready Devices on the Market By Year’s End

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During Day 2 of Google I/O 2017, following major announcements of support for standalone VR headsets and a ‘2.0’ image courtesy Google. The post Google Expects “Tens of Millions” of Daydream-Ready Devices on the Market By Year’s End appeared first on Road to VR.

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A ‘Brand New’ Google Earth Experience Is On The Way

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Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap

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Today marks the launch of Google’s high-end Android VR platform, Daydream , a major step beyond Cardboard and a serious competitor to Gear VR. At launch, Google is releasing five first-party Daydream apps, with another five coming from third-parties.

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Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch

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Google started its virtual reality initiatives early but slowly, announcing the now widely known Cardboard program way back in 2014. Google announced the Daydream initiative earlier this year at their annual I/O conference. Google News VR Jobs google google daydream google vrg

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Google Announces ‘WorldSense’ Inside-out Tracking for Standalone Daydream VR Headsets

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Google today announced that standalone VR headsets are coming to Daydream , the first of which will be made by HTC and Lenovo. With a name like WorldSense, Google seems to be implying that the tracking system will be able to work at a huge scale, without pre-scanning or calibration.

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Google Releases ARCore for Android, The Company’s Answer to Apple ARKit

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In an answer to Apple’s recently released ARKit , a developer tool used for making augmented reality apps and games that run on newer iPad and iPhones, Google today released a preview of a new Android-compatible software development kit (SDK) called ARCore.

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Google Confirms Glass Team is Not Working With AR/VR Team

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With the Glass team at the time teasing, “we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially ‘graduating’ from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. Speaking with Clay Bavor, Google’s VP of VR & AR, I asked if Glass was still alive.

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Google’s Lessons From 60 Daydream Experiments

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For more than 6 months engineers and designers at Google have created new VR experiences every week, on a mission to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The tests provide Google’s internal team at The post Google’s Lessons From 60 Daydream Experiments appeared first on UploadVR.

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Google Brings Native ‘Tango’ AR Support to Unity

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Google has announced that its augmented reality platform Tango will be getting native integrated support for Unity later this year. Google’s Nathan Martz, Photo Courtesy Unity. SEE ALSO Asus 'ZenFone AR' Google Tango, Daydream VR Phone Launched, Specs Revealed.

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This Restaurant is Using Google Daydream to Train Employees

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Developed for Google Daydream, honeygrow’s vr training app uses the platform’s remote control to drive interactions, something the developers say made it especially easy for VR newcomers. 360 film 360 Video Google Daydream Games News VR Training

For Google, the Future of VR Is on the Open Web with WebVR & WebAR

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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information, and so they’ve been long-time advocates for the open web. During the WebVR talk at I/O , Google showed how to write a progressive web application with three.js

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Google’s ‘Seurat’ Surface Light-field Tech Could Be a Graphical Breakthrough For Mobile VR

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Google has revealed a new ‘surface light-field’ rendering technology that it’s calling ‘Seurat’ (after the famous Pointillism painter). If it all works as Google says though, this could be a breakthrough for graphics on mobile VR devices.

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Google VR Hires USC Pioneer Paul Debevec

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Google’s virtual reality division is doing some exciting things with the tech at the moment, and it’s just made an equally exciting hire to help it. The post Google VR Hires USC Pioneer Paul Debevec appeared first on UploadVR.

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Google-Approved VR Headsets With Motion Controller Coming This Fall

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Announced today at Google I/O 2016, VR team lead Clay Bavor revealed on stage that the company will be partnering with manufacturers to build Google-approved VR headsets based on an internally generated reference design. Check back for more Google VR news shortly.

Google Announces Standalone Daydream VR Headsets Coming From HTC, Lenovo

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On stage at the company’s Google I/O 2017 developer conference today, the company announced that it is building standalone Daydream VR headsets. These devices will launch later in 2017, Google said. Daydream Google News daydream daydream standalone vr

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Google, Udacity and Upload Join Forces For New VR Education Program

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Google’s Expeditions Educational VR Platform Is Now Available To All

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Much of Google’s work in VR has been consumer-facing, but one of the first initiatives the company launched with the tech was education-focused. Expeditions was a platform to take entire classes on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard.

Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. SEE ALSO Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR. Google News Web VR Chrome google megan lindsay virtual reality web web vr webvr

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Google’s VR/AR Team Seeks New Hire to “drive multiple hardware projects simultaneously from prototype to mass production”

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A flurry of new job postings suggests Google is ramping up a team to create new consumer VR/AR hardware that goes beyond their Daydream View headset. All of these products are Google designed and branded, marking a major shift for the company which has formerly largely focused on software.

Google Announces Daydream ‘View’ VR Headset for $79

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Google today unveiled its first Daydream headset called ‘View’, a high-quality mobile VR headset that works exclusively with Android’s integrated VR support. SEE ALSO Google Announces First Daydream-Ready VR Phone - Breaking.

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Google Acquires Owlchemy Labs, VR Game Studio Behind ‘Rick and Morty VR’, ‘Job Simulator’

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In an interesting move, Google has acquired Owlchemy Labs , makers of the multi-platform hits Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017). But what does Google have in store?

Google Teases League of Legends AR Experience

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With new updates to Google’s Daydream View headset, the unveiling of Pixel 2, and a preview of AR Stickers that included packs for Stranger Things and Star Wars , Google also teased a slew of new apps and experiences built with ARCore by their partners. Image Credit: Google/Grab Games.

Google’s ‘Expeditions’ Initiative is Leading Innovation in the Future of Immersive Education

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Google’s overarching mission is to organize all of the world’s information, and so it’s a natural fit for the company to be one of the leading innovators for using VR for immersive education. SEE ALSO For Google, the Future of VR Is on the Open Web with WebVR & WebAR.

‘Pokemon Go’ May Soon Support Google Cardboard

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Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera

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Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo. Announced at the NAB conference in Las Vegas Monday, the Xiaomi-backed Yi has partnered with Google to bring a new professional camera to the market with some much needed improvements.

Google Brings AR Into The Classroom With ‘Expeditions AR’ Program

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Google Expeditions expands services to include educational AR for students. The Pioneer Program uses Google Tango technology to effectively scan and map the physical room and accurately project 3D models throughout. AR classroom during Google I/O 2017.